Our office offers comprehensive advising services to all new and current UW students, returning former UW students, and prospective transfer students. We work with you to match your interests with opportunities at the UW, and help you to integrate your academic and career plans. There are several ways to work with our office.
30-minute advising appointments are available throughout the year during our business hours from 9am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. You can make an appointment through our online appointment scheduler or call (206) 543-2550 or stop by 141 Mary Gates Hall.
During Period 1 registration our calendars quickly become booked. To make sure to get an appointment, please feel free to schedule up to two weeks in advance.
You can also meet with our peer advisers in the residence halls and the Commuter Commons:
- Commuter Commons (first floor of the HUB) — 11am to 1pm, Monday through Thursday
- Poplar — 6pm to 8pm on Tuesday and 1pm to 5pm on Wednesday
- McCarty 334 — 1pm to 5pm on Monday and 6pm to 8pm on Thursday
Advisers are available in our suite on the first floor of Mary Gates Hall to answer questions on a drop-in basis from 9am to 6pm, Monday through Thursday, and from 9am to 4:30pm on Fridays.
We try to answer your questions in less than fifteen minutes. If they cannot be answered within this time, we will schedule an appointment with you. Some topics (e.g., choosing a major, reinstatement) require deeper conversations, and are therefore better addressed via a 30-minute appointment.
During peak registration times the office becomes very busy and you may encounter a wait to see an adviser on a drop-in basis. Our lobby is comfortable and you are welcome to bring your school work or other activities to engage in while you wait.
Telephone & email
If you have a question, but getting to our suite is not convenient for you, an adviser or a staff person will try to help you over the phone at (206) 543-2550 between 9am and 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.
Quick questions can also be asked and answered over email. Appointments cannot be scheduled through this email account. Your email will be are answered by an adviser within 1-2 business days, or forwarded to the University office we think will best be able to help you.
Other types of appointments
To make any of these types of appointments you can use the online scheduler, or call our office at (206) 543-2550. You can also stop by during business hours and make an appointment in person.
If you are currently on academic warning or probation, please complete the academic self-assessment survey prior to making an appointment.
Military & veterans
Students who are currently or have formerly been enrolled in the U.S. military are welcome to work directly with our office and to schedule 30-minute appointments. If you are a veteran and just need to obtain a signature on your quarterly schedule for the purposes of receiving VA benefits, an appointment may not be necessary; you can stop by our office during regular office hours and an adviser will be able to assist you on a drop-in basis.
If you have not yet declared a major, or have declared a major in the College of Arts & Sciences, and have been dropped for low scholarship, you will need to work with an adviser who will help you file a petition for reinstatement. EOP, SSS, and CAMP-affiliated students should meet with an OMA&D adviser. For majors outside the College of Arts & Science, please check with the departmental adviser.
You are a returning student if you have been absent from the University for more than one quarter (summers excluded).
National Student Exchange
These appointments are for current NSE students only. Prospective NSE students should review the UW's NSE website prior to making an appointment.
In general, all our advisers work with beginning students exploring all majors. In addition, most of our advisers have special expertise in one or more areas of study.
Peer advisers are junior and senior UW students who receive extensive, ongoing training from professional advisers and generally have one or two years of experience working with students as an orientation leader, resident adviser, or other peer advising position on campus.